I am a relatively new Board member (Jan. 2021) and I am reminded monthly about our ever-expanding reach facilitated by: 1) our growing number of partnerships, 2) our extremely efficient use of donations (both $ and food) and 3) our wonderful team, who is constantly looking for new ways to provide more meals throughout the county.
The SLO Food Bank Rocks! The Food Bank is the heart of our County in terms of procuring and distributing Food to over 80 agency partners Countywide who assist in meeting the needs of food insecure individuals and families. I can't think of another non-profit that has such a wide reach, working with and supporting many other non-profits in the County. Our team LOVES supporting the Food Bank both financially as a sponsor of Hunger Awareness Day and the Turkey Trot, but we also LOVE volunteering in the warehouse. Keep up the good work SLO Food Bank!
The SLO Foodbank does an incredible job of providing access to healthy and nutritious food to people at risk of hunger across all of San Luis Obispo County. With the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, children, seniors, people with disabilities and their families are all facing even greater risks of hunger. The SLO Foodbank has stepped up to do more than never before. Any they do so in such a cost effective way. Each dollar they raise provides seven meals to people at risk of hunger. As a board member, I feel so fortunate to be able to work with the dedicated team at SLO Foodbank to meet the needs of our communities.
The staff, volunteers and community partners are a seamless melding of efficiency, professional and capable people who care deeply about all our neighbors in SLO County. Their work has brought much needed relief and food security to tens of thousands over the years. Hard to imagine more love than that!
Great organization. Really helped raise visibility for hunger insecurity during covid crisis --something that has been there all along. Huge variety of ways to get involved. Inclusive creative programming. I don't make a lot of money, but they made me feel like even my modest donation could really help my community.
Volunteering for GleanSLO, part of the San Luis Obispo Food Bank, is a wonderful and fulfilling experience. Going to farms through out the county to pick fruit and vegetables, and to farmers markets and backyards to gather excess produce, provides vital and nutritious food to our county's food insecure. I get exercise in beautiful locations and help insure the health of neighbors. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, and on a limited food budget, too often these important foods are eliminated. It is fun to to learn how to harvest all this produce.
I personally have been a volunteer at the Food Bank and have had the privilege to bring volunteer groups as well. My volunteer experiences are what inspired me to pursue the opportunity to make a more significant contribution which in turn led to me joining the Board. Volunteering in the warehouse helped me better understand the needs and the amount of food insecure individuals in the County. The humble dedication of the staff and volunteers is contagious and has changed my priorities for how I help others. The work that is done by the Food Bank is essential and manner in which it is done is exemplary!
The SLO Food Bank is a critical origination for our County's residents. They have led the effort to ensure not only those with food insecurity get fed, but also those unable to leave the home due to COVID-19 risks. I don't know what we'd do with them!
The SLO Food Bank is an outstanding and well-managed organization that takes great pride in providing nutritious and healthy food to hungry families, children and seniors. The entire staff is well trained, super friendly and clearly passionate about meeting the needs of the community in San Luis Obispo County, as shown even more recently by their unparalleled response to the pandemic. This Food Bank has stepped up and met these challenges even with the cancellation of significant food drives this year. As a longtime volunteer, it has been a privilege and joy to be involved with such a great organization that makes a huge impact in our community every day.
Since the start of the pandemic, never once has anyone who has come to the Paso Robles Housing Authority for food gone without. Thanks to the SLO Food Bank, as our number of requests went up, we have been able to meet the need. When our numbers doubled, the SLO Food Bank said, "No problem." They are helpful, gracious, and proactive.
We are so lucky to have the SLO Food Bank, their staff and Board serving our community!
We cannot think of a more valuable resource to our community than the SLO Food Bank. It is the most efficient way imaginable to provide struggling families with their most immediate need. And as a result of the pandemic the need has multiplied. The Food Bank is meeting this challenge and continues to turn volunteer time and donor contributions directly into food for those who need it. No hype, no waste, they just get the job done. Amazing!
The SLO Food Bank deserves all the help and support we can afford to give.
SLO Food Bank is committed to serving those in need in our community through innovative avenues of outreach. My favorite program is Glean SLO. Food should not be wasted if it’s able to be harvested and distributed. I love that SFB connects growers, volunteers, and families.
SLO Food bank is an instrumental partner in providing food security to thousands of SLO County residents. This is done in the most beneficial manner with a focused outcome of helping those in need when needed most. Their COVID response has been nothing but exceptional and their new leadership truly embraces the ideals of a community non-profit. We are thankful and a better community to have them.
The team at the SLO Food Bank, from the CEO to the staff and volunteers have stepped up during these unprecedented times to meet the drastically increasing needs of our community during the pandemic. Transparency and 100% commitment to the core values of the organization are unparalleled. San Luis Obispo County is fortunate to have the SLO Food Bank to serve our community.
I have been involved with this organization for almost 6 years as a donor and a board member. My wife has volunteered for food distributions in Paso Robles. As my term on the board nears it end I am quite happy with the continued growth of the organization in serving the food needs of people who don't have enough money to make it through each month. This year has been a significant challenge with the need for food exploding. I am very impressed with the manner that the SLO Food Bank has met this challenge.
Several years ago while on a sportfishing boat out of Morro Bay I was chatting with a deck hand and mentioned that I was involved with the SLO Food Bank. He stated that he was very familiar with it as his job was only spring summer and fall and the SLO Food Bank was how he made it through the winter when there was no work.
As I am term out of board in December I will continue as a donor for the SLO Food Bank.
I have been a Board Member of this charity for 3 1/2 years. Our new warehouse allows us to feed the hungry throughout the entire county of San Luis Obispo. We support over 90 agencies, such as food pantries, as well as doing direct food distribution from our fleet of trucks.
We provide this food for children and seniors and those in between. Some of these people are working poor that are employed but still cannot afford housing and healthy food. We make a difference to these people as we provide healthy food including fresh fruit and vegetables.
I am proud to support the Food Bank with my own donations. It is a fine organization and well worth your donations.
I volunteered at a Food Bank prior to moving to the San Luis Obispo area. It was such a fulfilling experience that I immediately contacted the SLO Food Bank and was warmly welcomed.
I am impressed at how well they use volunteers - each person is respected and feels like they are directly contributing to the Food Banks Mission of assisting in alleviating hunger in San Luis Obispo County.. Their extensive food partnership, local and state wide. insures that a wholesome supply of food is available even in these times of greater need.
Working there is also a great study in intake, sorting, packaging and distribution - a true end to end process that is managed by dedicated staff who understand the meaning of giving back
I have been volunteering in the SLO County Food Bank warehouse for two years. I absolutely love the work and the people. The food bank staff are always kind and encouraging towards volunteers. The other volunteers are very caring and hard-working. In the warehouse we prepare food orders that go out to the various distribution sites. It's very satisfying and busy work.
I am passionate about the food bank’s mission. There are many wonderful non-profits in San Luis Obispo County that offer volunteering opportunities. I’ve chosen the Food Bank because I think alleviating hunger is the most basic form of charity. Every human being deserves to have enough food and to be treated with dignity.
The Food Bank serves 30,000 people/month, so they rock! They could feed even more by spreading the word even more widely about their services.
Great customer service. Had an awesome time helping out, the employees were so nice. The process went very smoothly. And it was an overall great experience!
the food bank is extremely helpful and the staff on site is very warm and welcoming and helps with all of your questions and needs. the instructions are clear and i couldn't ask for more
The nonprofit does a great job of having friendly employees and are great at encouraging us to volunteer! The work is easy and fun in this environment.
They can improve by being the best that they can be this is a good nonprofit organization
A professional organization that helps 30,000 people a month have healthy food- Half is fresh produce donated from local farmers! Everyone should have access to food.
It is amazing to see how many charitable people in our community support the food bank either through volunteer hours or monetary donations. The Food Bank Coalition of SLO County brings healthy food to people in every corner of the county. They even go to CA Valley which is a food desert- no grocery stores. This food is an important safety net for people who are making low wages and paying high rents.
The whole FOOD BANK concept is a winner for the community...a place to secure and store food for all the local non profits and churchs to distribute. OUR local FOOD BANK is a modal for unity, fairness and inovation in ENDING HUNGER.
As a volunteer and board member for almost 20 years I am always amazed at the efficient model of Food Banks...to collect and store food, to be a "supermarket" for local non profits who reach out to end local food insecurity. You should be assured that our local SLO Food Bank, now in its new warehouse, is one of the best rule organization I know of. You can trust that your donation will be used and leveraged to meet our mission to end local hunger. Come and see! Your welcome to come and carefully evaluate our programs as you decide where to volunteer or donate locally.
They make their volunteers feel valued and welcome. They have lots of work for us and are always open to ideas. Great folks doing important work!
They work efficiently and with smiles. They have great organization and ensure that everyone is well fed.
Absolutely committed to their mission and to the betterment of the community. Great supportive partner.
They are serving large numbers at low cost. More public information about some of their lesser known activities.
The Slo food bank does an amazing job of providing clients with fresh produce. I have volunteered for several years with GleanSlo which harvests backyard and farm produce for local families. They are incredibly organized and have a diverse base of volunteers including kids, high school and college students, stay at home parents and retirees.
The Food Bank coalition does a fantastic job of providing food to underserved families in our community. In addition, they provide edu pride to both recipients and volunteers. Best of all, they keep their organization costs minimal so money goes where it is needed.
Volunteering with the SLO Food Bank is fantastic. They are so well organized that you know the time you are volunteering is making a meaningful impact. They are super with both adult aychild volunteers. I highly recommend this wonderful organization!
The fact that 30,000 people receive supplemental food each month motivates me to give. The fact that over half is fresh produce keeps me giving. Excellent staff and mission.
What a great organization and a great cause! I recently took a tour of the new San Luis Obispo food distribution facility and offices. Everyone in San Luis Obispo county should be proud of such a first rate facility and staff. What better cause than to feed the hungry in our community. I would advocate for anyone wanting to make a difference in our community to contact the Food Bank. Joe Simonin
An essence of life is healthy food! The SLO County Food Bank provides such a commodity to the most vulnerable members of our community. A dollar donation is converted to over $ 10 dollars in healthy and nutritious food that helps alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County.
Hello, my name is Paula and I am a Volunteer at the Food Bank. I work at the front desk, so there is filing, phone answering and just in general meet and greeting of other volunteers and employees. I work directly with Malinda...what a joy this gal is! The knowledge and compassion that she has of this organization is amazing, such a delight. Also working along side Caroline,our Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, watching and listening to her interact with the other volunteers face to face or setting up programs on the phone is truly a young women who enjoys what she does and smiles all the way thru it! This non-profit is more than I ever thought, this is a all round 'Community Gathering' of helping and being there for all people in San Luis Obispo County...BRAVO to this organization!
I am proud to say I have been working at the Food Bank for over 9 years. It's an amazing organization with the most incredible team and volunteers. No one should go hungry and the SLO County Food Bank is working tirelessly to make sure everyone has access to nutritious food!
I have worked for the Food Bank Coalition for over a year and a half. I am so thankful to have a job that everyday is working to benefit children, seniors, families, and individuals, that are food insecure in our community. This is done by an incredible staff that make coming to work each day a joy, thousands of dedicated volunteers, and supportive community partners who believe in our organization's mission. Being able to say that you truly love what you do each day is something that I am so fortunate to be able to feel each and everyday. Our organization is a true non-profit, doing good honest work for others in need.
I have had the honor to work with and for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.
My husband and I first began working with the Food Bank when we planted a few extra rows of produce indenting to donate the extra crop to the Food Bank. We loved knowing our produce was going to residents in our county who had a hard time putting food on the table. The Food Bank invited us to participate and witness a Children's Farmers Market, allowing us to see directly where the produce was going.
I have worked for the Food Bank for a little less than a year now and I am continuously impressed at the heart and soul this company has.
Every employee has the same committed to feeding our community, it is a wonderful and inspiring workplace.
I have had the honor of working at the Food Bank for over 5 years now. From start to finish, even after all this time, I am amazed at the process of getting food in and out of our warehouse and to families that are in need.
I am very proud to be part of such a wonderful cause. It is extremely rewarding to see the direct impact we have on those we serve. Also, it's great to see that nutrition is the top priority.